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Deep tissue laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to penetrate deep into the tissues of the body. This therapy aims to reduce pain, inflammation, and promote healing by stimulating cellular activity.

 

The laser light, typically in the red and near-infrared spectrum, interacts with tissues at a cellular level, increasing metabolic activity and enhancing blood flow to the targeted area.

 

How Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Works

  1. Cellular Stimulation: The laser light penetrates the skin and reaches the underlying tissues. It interacts with the cells, particularly the mitochondria, to enhance the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of the cell.

  2. Increased Circulation: The therapy promotes vasodilation, which increases blood flow to the treated area. This helps deliver oxygen and nutrients while removing waste products.

  3. Reduced Inflammation: The laser light reduces the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and increases anti-inflammatory responses, helping to decrease swelling and pain.

  4. Pain Reduction: The therapy can help reduce pain by blocking pain signals transmitted to the brain and increasing the production of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.

 

Use by Chiropractors

We often incorporate deep tissue laser therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help our patients with various conditions, including:

  1. Musculoskeletal Pain: Conditions like back pain, neck pain, and joint pain can be alleviated with laser therapy. It helps reduce inflammation and promote tissue repair.

  2. Injuries: Sports injuries, sprains, and strains can benefit from the accelerated healing process facilitated by laser therapy.

  3. Arthritis: Patients with arthritis may find relief from pain and stiffness due to the anti-inflammatory effects of the therapy.

  4. Soft Tissue Damage: Issues such as tendonitis, bursitis, and other soft tissue injuries can be treated to reduce pain and improve function.

  5. Post-Surgical Recovery: Laser therapy can help reduce pain and swelling after surgery, promoting quicker recovery.

 

Procedure

  1. Initial Assessment: The chiropractor assesses the patient's condition and determines if deep tissue laser therapy is appropriate.

  2. Treatment Plan: A treatment plan is created, outlining the number of sessions and specific areas to be treated.

  3. Application: The laser device is applied to the skin over the affected area. The procedure is usually painless, with patients often feeling a warm sensation.

  4. Duration: Sessions typically last between 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the condition and area being treated.

  5. Follow-up: Regular follow-up sessions may be scheduled to monitor progress and adjust treatment as necessary.

 

Deep tissue laser therapy is valued for its ability to provide pain relief and promote healing without the need for drugs or invasive procedures, making it a popular option.

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